The SEPT MBA is taught by a full-time resident university and visiting lecturers, experts, and small and medium enterprise development consultants.

A place to work at University Library, Photo: Leipzig University
MBA Program, Photo: Leipzig University

Director

Prof. Dornberger is the Director of the SEPT Competence Center and has a Professorship in development economics. His academic and professional focus is especially on innovation in SMEs, innovation policy, entrepreneurship promotion, and internationalization processes.

Lecturers

Dr. Pablo Barriga is a lecturer and researcher at Leipzig University (Germany). Currently, at SEPT, he teaches qualitative and quantitative research. Among his research topics is subjective well-being as a component of quality of life. He also explores how other concepts such as materialism and connection to nature affect well-being and consumer behavior from the perspective of marketing as a social science.

Gunnar Kaßberg graduated in Transport Economics from the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Alicante, focusing on communication and logistics. He is an expert in optimizing processes in international cooperation, especially in technology transfer and the internationalization of business models, and teaches International Marketing in SMEs in SEPT.

Dr. Ana Beatriz Ribeiro has a professional background in journalism, political science, and global studies. She teaches qualitative research methods and software-assisted analysis (MaxQDA) to multicultural groups of Master's students in Leipzig University's SEPT program. Her research topics are Global studies, development studies, sociology, cultural studies, discourse analysis, history, political science, and migration studies.

He develops R&D applications, validates funding, and coaches individuals and teams in technology-based. He advises on subsidies, financial planning, business plan development, and taxes. He is an expert in application development at the federal and EU level. He teaches the course Financial System and Funding in the Module Finance for SMEs.

A research fellow at SEPT Competence Center. He has a degree in engineering in Iran and in Business Administration at SEPT. In the last 10 years, he has worked as a coach and a consultant in innovation management and entrepreneurship for several international projects. Alireza is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship Management, Innovation Management in SMEs, Research Methodology, and Project Management.

Visiting Professors

Prof. Noor Un Nabi is a tenured Professor in the Business Administration Discipline at Khulna University in Bangladesh. He works as a Visiting Professor; his teaching areas include Global Value Chain and Development, Entrepreneurship Development and Small Business Management, International Marketing, Brand Management, International Business, and Research Methodology and Data Analysis. At SEPT, he teaches the course Value Chain Analysis.

Prof. Dr. Berrones-Flemmig is a lecturer and researcher at IUBH University of Applied Sciences (Germany). She is also an international business consultant, particularly for Mexican SMEs and German startups in the core areas: Accounting and Finance for SMEs, Business Models, and Social entrepreneurship. At SEPT, she teaches the course Financial Planning. She also supports students in developing their research concepts and master theses.

Prof. Dr. Peter M. Wald is a Professor of Human Resource Management at the Faculty of Business Administration of the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences. His primary focus is on leadership, organizational issues of modern HRM, and social media. Furthermore, he worked as human resources manager in services companies (construction, IT-services) for several years. He advises organizations of various sizes and industries on modern leadership issues and employee recruiting. He teaches the course Competence Development in SMEs.

Prof. Dr. Johannes Hogg is a lecturer and researcher at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences (Germany). He teaches Sustainable Development for SME in international contexts at SEPT. His research topics are about Service Dominant Logic, the co-creation of positive and negative value, and the transformation of and within Service Ecosystems. He is executive partner of Nachhaltigkeitslotsen UG.

Prof. Dr. Amar Anwar is an Associate Professor of Economics and Management Sciences at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Leipzig, Germany, where he is working as a Visiting Professor. His areas of research include international business, emerging markets, development economics, meta-analysis, migration and remittances. His teaching experience includes international business, development economics, quantitative methods, money and banking.

Prof. Emeritus

Prof. Löbler, the former Chair for Marketing of Leipzig University, is an expert in marketing topics and entrepreneurship promotion. He is an invited professor for the Marketing module in the MBA program. His main focus is on Communication, Pricing, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing Education.

Prof. Kappel, the former President of the German Institute of Global and Area-Studies in Hamburg (2004-2011), has vast international experience in development economics. He teaches in the field of value chain and development economics. His research focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises, African economies, and global power shifts.

Consultants and Experts

Dr. Alwert is owner and general manager of Alwert GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin. He concentrates on developing and implementing strategic management, knowledge management, intellectual capital management, and reporting solutions for corporate groups and SMEs. He teaches in the Module Competence Development in SMEs.

Dr. Chi Toan Nguyen is an economist and expert in the Internationalization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. He is currently working at EWERK Digital, a leading IT services provider in Germany. At SEPT, he teaches in the field of Internationalization Management for SMEs.

Mr. Wältring is an economist and expert in local economic development. He worked on a large number of SME promotion projects around the world. At SEPT, he teaches management tools to promote Local Economic Development and Innovation Economics.

Sebastian Alexander, a cultural and political scientist, is co-founder and CEO of VivoSensMedical GmbH. As a consultant and researcher, he worked in several MENA region countries. He has extensive experience in the strategic development of small and medium enterprises, Start-Up financing, and the backing of university spin-offs in the medical field. At SEPT, he teaches organizational development, creative thinking, and team management.

Mr. Strobel currently works as a Project Manager at Malik Management in St. Gallen, Switzerland. His works focus on Management Education and Consulting, mainly in the financial sector in Management Systems, Strategy and Organizational Development, HR, and Change Management. As a project manager, he managed international projects in the Palestinian Territories, India, and Nigeria. Martin Strobel holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and the German Cooperative Certification of Bank Management.

Mrs. Struck has a long trajectory in international cooperation, especially in different projects in Africa and South America. She teaches the course of Project Management, which she developed based on her own experiences in international cooperation projects and SME promotion in emerging countries.

Mr. Suvelza's primary research interests include innovation management, social capital, and the internationalization of SMEs. He runs business simulations, holds other lessons in related modules, and leads the training on presentation techniques. He also supports students in developing business plans, essays, research concepts, and master theses.

Mr. Frank Müller has 25 years of experience in Financial Analysis of SMEs. He also has eight years of working experience as an SME finance and financial system development consultant on several projects in developing and emerging countries. Currently, Mr. Müller is working as a trainer in Germany and other countries for commercial and public banks. In SEPT, he teaches Financial Systems.

Junior Researchers

Mr. Christopher Boafo is a Junior Researcher and Ph.D. candidate at Leipzig University. He has extensive experience in the field of University-Business Linkages (UBL) and the Internationalization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. His research interests deal with the internationalization of SMEs, university-business (SME) linkages, informal firms, and enterprise clusters in the context of Africa.

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